You missed the Men's Fencing team's victory over #1 Columbia. Show some love for the other Penn State varsity teams.
This was the type of game that Penn State basketball would always lose. Ugly or not, these young men came to play and find a way to win. And Mike Watkins is a "man-child" who has eliminated the question of our having a front court this year all by himself, but I think he is rubbing off on Julian as he no longer seems to be a detriment to the team when he is getting his minutes.
You just have to love those quick twitch runners that can turn on a dime in the return game and with the redshirt he will fit right into the slot group.
My first game at the Palestra was back in the '69 for a Big 5 game between Villanova and St. Joes. Sitting directly behind the basket, eye level with the top of the backboard my most memorable moment was seeing Howard Porter's elbow even with the rim as he palmed the ball and dropped it into the basket as he came back to earth. You have to remember this was before dunking was legal in college so it was even more impressive.
The storied place can be such a rocking venue, I hope all the Philly area alums are there to support the team.
My time at Penn State encompassed 1971-74 and I too only saw 5 losses. I knew a number of the players, played Rec Hall lunch time basketball with Chris Bahr, Ed O'Neil and John Cappelletti, who should have been on the basketball varsity with their skills. One of my most vivid memories was Greg Murphy coming up behind me at Zeno's and lifting me up in the air, yelling in my ear "Ack, I got drafted by the Steelers!" Was he ever excited. Needless to say we bought him a lot of beer that night.
This breakdown shows the cream in our milk has risen to the top in our offense and who the coaches are most confident in for the "BIG" games. They knew it was going to be a shootout and what a productive offense we have. With our backups still so young, it shows the experience, not talent, gap that still exists. And I cannot say enough about our stitched together offensive line and the miracle worker Matt Limegrover, it just shows that the talent was there and just needed to be coached up.
Unfortunately, the shallow depth at linebacker is what hurt us most in the game, but they did well against a powerhouse offense with youngsters manning two of the LB spots from Brandon's injury on and just fell short.
Finally, with so much coming back i can't wait for next season.
Some fool that got blinded by the Hollywood glitz.
Rob, I think you are spot on in accepting and endorsing Cael's decision to redshirt Mark. The Man is like a chessmaster moving his pieces all over mat to win championships and I think that neither you nor I are anywhere near capable of finding fault in his plans to win many NCAA wrestling championships.
Furthermore, the redshirt season will expose Mark's weaknesses and teach him to overcome them because his "playmates" in the wrestling room aren't going to take it easy on him. I would not be surprised to see an undefeated career (sans injuries) from this young man.
Barkley finished the first half with ___ yards on ___ carries, while Godwin has _____ yards on ____ receptions.
Chris, get on the ball, it is almost the start of the second half.
I just don't get all the assumptions that CJF can't coach the X's and O's. He worked his way up to Head Coach by being a position coach and a coordinator. He now has the final say on what direction each unit goes in. If he doesn't understand the X's and O's how can he make the final say and he has the coaching resume that indicates he understands.
The head coach at D-1 level has to be at or near the top in understanding all the units and direct his OC and DC to meet his vision. It shows in that he has recruited players that meet the strengths of each of his current coordinators AND GUESS WHAT?, they are both in their first year in leading their units. So you can say that he recruited his coordinators to implement his vision of how the program will go forward, not that he is along for the ride in their visions.
Now he does give a lot of latitude to his coordinators in how to meet his vision, but that is what a good leader does, you don't micromanage, you trust those you hire to follow your plan. The old adage of too many cooks in the kitchen holds true for football too.
I know from personal experience that it is always hard to suspend any player from the scouts to starters. but you have team rules in place for a reason and every member of the team is bound by them. If you don't enforce them equally, you run the risk of losing team discipline. I admire Coach Franklin for showing his team that they are equals in the eyes of the rules no matter the potential effects on the team. But again, it is next man up and their time to shine.
Our boys are smelling a run for a national championship next year. All the pieces are falling into place.
It is not surprising that Mojo won't consider UConn since he said he wasn't interested in Temple, which in my opinion is in a much better position teamwise.
With a good offensive performance next year and National Championship in his back pocket he will have much better choices for a head coaching position.
Too bad f**kers didn't rhyme, but pretty amazing. How much arguing and beer was required in authoring this magnificent piece?
Merry Christmas RLR Staff and thank you for the year long present of Roar Lions Roar.
The game went as expected. Penn State's athleticism overpowered a much weaker opponent with a 40 minute performance. My hope is these last two games are the confidence builder for the youngsters leading into conference play so they realize that they are as athletic as the rest of their opponents but they need to work as a team to win.
Half time PSU 49 - Morgan State 29
I agree on all counts. But then, Pat may have decided that with this year's harder scheduling, he wanted a cupcake prior to diving into the B1G. It does have the potential to give his young team the ability to ride a winning streak into conference play.
So, tell us something we didn't already know.
This is Penn State's "culture" - the STUDENT-athlete!
I'm proud to support Coach Franklin for maintaining our tradition of recruiting and emphasizing the academic component of our football team.
All ye children of short memories, or I guess most of you weren't even around when Joe would sit down each of his players at the end of the season and tell them what the staff had planned for them down the road. Names like Devlin and Hostettler come to mind that looked for greener pastures since they were not displacing the starters barring injury.
Egos and the desire to play will help make these decisions (carefrontations) easy for the better players whether it is at another D1 school or a lower level of competition where they can shine. So as long as Franklin isn't pulling scholarships I don't mind this happening.
Yes it is hilarious, but props to J.J. for being a man of his word.
I stopped at a restaurant in State College Wednesday for lunch. Two young gentlemen were sitting at a booth near mine eating lunch. One had a brand new B1G East Champion hat on and I complimented him on it. I asked where he got it and he said "it was free." So I said, well, you are on the team and I congratulated them on winning the B1G, then I asked his name. It was Koa Farmer. I said boy, you are fast at which point his much smaller friend said "No, he isn't." I looked at him and said then you must be the fast one. He puffed up and proudly said "Yes", so I asked his name and it was Grant Haley. I looked at him and said, "You are the hero." He looked very sheepish and quietly said thank you.
I went over to my table to eat, but what these young gentlemen did next greatly impressed me. After they were finished they both took time to stop at the old man's (who bothered their lunch) table and say goodbye to me. James Franklin is most definitely recruiting and training these young men in the true Penn State tradition. He is not only building athletes, but he is building gentlemen. I am very proud to have him as our coach.
Moore has always been a big issue. He looks lost out there and doesn't seem to have a feel for his teammates.
I got so disgusted watching the game last night as the much taller Lions continuously got boxed out I turned it off. Pat has a lot of work to do with these youngsters.
Congratulations to James from State College.
A well deserved honor. He has his plan to bring the Lions back into national prominence and stuck to it instead of burning red shirts for instant help and what results from that plan and what we have to look forward to in the next few seasons.
Hey Rob, isn't that what we pay you the big bucks to get to us?